I grew up in a rural county of eastern Virginia but spent almost all of my twenties elsewhere: getting a PhD in philosophy at New York University, falling in love in Paris, teaching philosophy at Brandeis University outside Boston, and living on a two-hundred-year-old retired dairy farm in Brittany. Six years ago I moved home to the place where I grew up.
I write a lot about spiritual things, because of some important transformations in my own life. I grew up Southern Baptist, but I was an atheist for most of my twenties, and I would not say I’ve come “back” to faith but rather “onward” to faith. My spiritual life is no longer based on words written in a book or spoken from a pulpit but on the knowledge of my heart and my own experience. Not infallible, I know, but pretty good guides all the same.
My writing has appeared in Salon, Orion, The Baltimore Review, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, and on Felicity Huffman’s website What The Flicka? and a full list of my published articles is available here. My first book, a philosophy work entitled The Feeling of Value, was published with Dudley & White in June 2016. I am also looking for representation for my completed memoir manuscript, The Supreme Victory of the Heart, about how my French fiancé’s announcement that God might want him to marry a woman from his past led me to some life-changing spiritual discoveries. If you like stories about love, destiny, and synchronicity, this memoir is for you!
I am currently at work on an academic paper on the statistical significance of coincidences and when/how they could justify belief in psychic causation.
When I’m not writing, I can be found feeding chickens, hoeing corn, or canning way too many green beans. On the other hand, if it’s raining or snowing, I’m likely to be under a blanket on the couch, watching HGTV with my husband and stepdaughter.
Feel free to check out my homesteading blog, gettin’ fresh!, and to contact me by emailing sharon.rawlette[at]gmail[dot]com.